University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on May 23, 2020
Req #: 165861
Posting Date: 03/29/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 

Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Shift: First Shift 

The University of Washington (UW) is seeking a creative, inclusive, strategic, and collaborative leader to serve as the next Senior Vice President for University Advancement. Under the leadership of its senior vice president, University Advancement (UA) has blazed a trail in establishing an integrated University advancement program that works in strategic alignment and close collaboration with the University’s schools, colleges, campuses, and programs. University Advancement comprises alumni and stakeholder engagement, development and University communications and marketing working as one team. This structure of integration and partnership has been the basis for broad success across the organization. The next Senior Vice President will have an opportunity to build on excellence while leading a team in identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities for increased impact in support of the University’s mission.

The next Senior Vice President for University Advancement will address a wide range of opportunities and challenges to enable UW to meet its aspirations, most notably:

• Advancing the UW’s impact by growing its reputation, financial resources, and community building and service;
• Driving multi-stakeholder strategy to influence and create alignment around University and unit priorities, maximizing their impact;
• Furthering a culture of continuous improvement, one that sustains an environment in which bold innovation can thrive;
• Curating a path for profound engagement with the University for stakeholders: from connection to community and contributions in all forms;
• Nurturing and deepening the synergies that grow from the full integration of the three disciplines of advancement and infusing this structure throughout the institution;
• Investing in and supporting the people who comprise University Advancement with a deep commitment to team culture and an understanding that our people are the drivers of our success.

University Advancement

The University of Washington is supported by an exceptionally high-performing 600+ FTE advancement team exemplifying a model approach to advancement. University Advancement integrates alumni and stakeholder engagement, development, and University marketing and communications in collaboration with advancement operations – one of the few University organizations to do so. These University-wide functions work in close collaboration and partnership with school/college/campus (“unit”)-based advancement teams. Together, they support University and unit priorities. College and school leaders contribute nearly one-third of the total budget. The independent, non-profit 501c-3 UW Alumni Association is strategically aligned and administered in partnership with University Advancement and with the University. UW Advancement’s values exemplify its approach: it starts with me; our best work is done together; we create impact.

Qualifications and characteristics

The University of Washington seeks a dynamic, accomplished, inspiring, and collaborative individual to serve as its next Senior Vice President for University Advancement.

Qualifications include:
• Prior administrative and leadership experience in a large complex higher-education environment, including evidence of vision and effective strategic planning and implementation;
• An understanding of the importance of, and demonstrated success in, promoting diversity and inclusion among staff and volunteers;
• History of creative, inclusive, strategic, collaborative work;
• Demonstrated commitment to fostering collaboration across advancement disciplines;
• Demonstrated success developing and deepening authentic relationships with a wide array of stakeholders, both internal and external to the University;
• Demonstrated success securing private support;
• A leadership style based on integrity, transparency, and inclusiveness, with a proven ability to influence others beyond formal authority;
• Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically;
• Exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills;
• A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is a plus;
• Experience with billion dollar-plus campaigns, D1 athletics, and high-performing, complex academic medical centers is preferred.

The University of Washington has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search.  Letters of interest and nominations should be sent directly to: UW Search

NOTE: If you apply through this portal,, your application may not be routed to Isaacson, Miller in a timely manner for consideration.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or